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ESPRIT project 393 (ACORD) focuses on a trilingual system for the automatic construction of a knowledge base with natural language text and a retrieval and manipulation system aimed at casual users. The knowledge base consists of documents combining both text and graphics and is based on Prolog. Theoretical linguistics methods such as discourse representation theory and functional grammars are used for the analysis of texts, while the knowledge representation is based on formal semantics and the logical theory of databases. To support dialogue, the system selects the appropriate output presentation, text or graphics, and selects relevant information for output. The system interface also features a symbolic interplay of graphics and natural language. In the first chapter of this final technical documentation of the ACORD project, the architecture of the system is presented briefly with pointers to subsequent chapters dealing with grammar formalisms and implementation, graphics and natural language integration, and knowledge base formalism.

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Authors: BES G G, Université Blaise Pascal Clermont II, Formation Doctorale Linguistique et Informatique, Clermont-Ferrand (FR);GUILLOTIN T (EDITORS),
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14486 EN (1992) 188 pp.
Availability: Springer-Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Postfach 10 52 80, Tiergartenstrasse 17, D-6900 Heidelberg 1 (DE)
ISBN: ISBN 3-540-55675-3
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